I believe Smith, along with Bradley Chubb and Minkah Fitzpatrick, is one of the three best defensive players in this draft, and the Bears got him at eight.
The Bears came into the offseason with a ton of needs. Regardless, this is the smartest the Bears have looked in April since before former GM Phil Emery arrived in 2012 with his overly eccentric ideas for change. "The whole building's energized". But the Monsters of the Midway made some big moves created to get the most out of their prized quarterback and lift a struggling franchise. Everything revolved around helping Trubisky succeed. "So we felt really, really good about that pick". He played at all three interior offensive line positions in college.
The Packers also traded back into the second day of the draft, moving up into the third round to select linebacker Oren Burks from Vanderbilt with the 88th overall pick.
Fitts is the third Utah edge rusher to be drafted since 2015. I can't wait to partner up with him and just make a whole lot of plays.
I continue to be a Ryan Pace fan, but he's celebrating Nagy's honeymoon right now, his is over, and I fear I know the quality of this roster is not equal to the excitement and buzz surrounding it. "It feels like it worked out that way, but a lot of it is just the way our board fell".
James Daniels was named first-team All-Northeast Ohio as a junior and senior, along with first team All-AAC and All-Trumbull County.
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The Bears took Iowa center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller on Friday night, giving prized quarterback Mitch Trubisky more protection and another target. The Packers sent the first pick in the fourth round - the 101st overall - and a fifth-round selection to the Carolina Panthers to take Burks. He's an electric route runner who is electric in space. He also possesses an abundance of confidence, on display in the open letter to NFL GMs published last week in The Players' Tribune.
I am really excited about Smith, Daniels and Miller, who I think can all be excellent pros and appear to be even better young men, and I think the Bears will be a much improved football team this year that will win eight or nine games.
Hopefully, Miller's hands are as strong as his ego. "We value his position versatility", Pace said.
The Bears can see Miller contributing in the slot and on the outside.